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The Nisbett family roots are found in the Boernician Clan of ancient Scotland. They lived in any of several places in the Border region of Scotland called Nesbitt or Nisbit. There were hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet in Berwickshire, a village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire, a Nesbit in Northumberland, and a township of Nesbit in County Durham. These place names derive from the Middle English words nese, meaning "nose," and bit, meaning a "piece of ground;" as such, these place names are thought to have referred to geographic features resembling a nose. The surname may well have arisen independently from these different place names.

Nisbett Early Origins



The surname Nisbett was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland where they held a family seat from early times and King David I confirmed a charter (now in the archives of Durham Cathedral) granting the lands of Nisbet to Aldan de Nisbet, the founder of the line of Nisbet in 1139. According to family lore, they descend from Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria (d. 1073).

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Nisbett Spelling Variations


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Nisbett Spelling Variations



In the Middles Ages scribes spelled names by their sound. Often a name was written under a different spelling variation each time it was recorded. Nisbett has appeared as Nisbet, Nysbit, Nispett, Nispet, Nisbit, Nisbett, Nessbitt, Nessbit, Nesbyth, Nesbitt, Naibet, Nesbeth, Nesbet, Naisbitt, Naisbit, Nesbett, Naisbett, Naibett and many more.

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Nisbett Early History


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Nisbett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nisbett research. Another 705 words (50 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1255, 1296, 1340, 1433, 1446, 1456, 1493, 1594, 1632, 1580, 1660, 1630, 1641, 1559, 1605, 1625, 1627, 1685, 1657, 1725, 1609, 1687, 1664, 1677 and are included under the topic Early Nisbett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nisbett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nisbett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Murdoch Nisbet (d. 1559) of Ayrshire, a notary public in the diocese of Glasgow, best known for his Scots translations of the Bible; Philip Nesbit, of that Ilk was knighted in March 1605 by the Earl of Dunfermline, Lord Chancellor of...

Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nisbett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nisbett In Ireland


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Nisbett In Ireland



Some of the Nisbett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The ancestors of Boernician-Scottish settlers dot North America even today. They settled all along the east coast when they came over, but some went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the War of Independence. However, these strong lines endured as Scottish families in the United States and Canada have rediscovered much of the heritage that was taken from them centuries ago. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Nisbett, or a variant listed above:

Nisbett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Nisbett and Elizabeth Nesbitt, bonded emigrants sent to America in 1751
  • Jonathon Nisbett, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Robert Nisbett, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

Nisbett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Nisbett, who arrived in America in 1803

Nisbett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Nisbett, aged 19, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nisbett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nisbett (post 1700)



  • William P. Nisbett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1888; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1900; Mayor of Big Rapids, Michigan; Elected 1908
  • Richard E. Nisbett, American Distinguished Professor of social psychology at the University of Michigan
  • Steve "Grizzly Nisbett (b. 1948), English drummer
  • Rev. Canon Thomas Norman Nisbett OBE (b. 1925), first Black Anglican priest of the Anglican Church of Bermuda
  • Louisa Cranstoun Nisbett (1812-1858), English actress whose stage name was Miss Mordaunt

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Nisbett Clan Badge


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Nisbett Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Nisbett
Naibet, Naibett, Naisbet, Naisbett, Naisbit, Naisbitt, Nesbet, Nesbeth, Nesbett, Nesbit, Nesbitt, Nesbyth, Nessbit, Nessbitt, Nisbet, Nisbett, Nisbit, Nispet, Nispett, Nysbit and more.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Nisbett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nisbett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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